From the Associated Press via Pennlive.com:
John Krupa, a self-proclaimed “tea party” candidate for governor, has withdrawn from the race in the face of a challenge of his petition signatures.
Krupa’s lawyer, David Montgomery, said he signed the withdrawal papers on Sunday. He filed them Monday, just before a hearing on a challenge to Krupa’s candidacy was to begin in Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia.
Some Tea Party groups have openly attacked Krupa’s candidacy, claiming he had not taken the time to build connections with the Tea Party movement and had help from Democrats to get on the ballot. Krupa originally planned to run on the Constitution Party line before turning in petitions as a Tea Party candidate.
This leaves Libertarian Marakay Rogers as the sole minor party or independent candidate on the ballot in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race. No word yet on if the Libertarian slate will survive, although they turned in more petitions than Krupa or the Greens. Ballot access hearings continue on the matter.